||Essays on the improvement of the economic condition of the Jews in Russia by Zev Wolf ben Jacob Mendlin. This information is restated on the bottom of the title page in Cyrillic. On the verso of the title page are the contents, which consist of four essays. The essays are on the material condition of Russian Jewry; our strength and salvation; our salvation and our help, selah; and halakhah le-ma’aseh. These essays were originally published in ha-Malitz between 1879 and 1882.
Zev Wolf ben Jacob Mendlin was a Russian Hebrew economist; born at Moghilef-on-the-Dnieper 1842. He was the first of the Hebrew writers to treat of economic questions in their application to the condition of the Jewish masses in Russia. About 1862 he went to Germany, where he studied the labor movement under Lassalle. This movement roused his ambition to go more deeply into the study of economics and cooperation. In 1879 Mendlin made his first appearance as a writer in Ha-Meliz, with an article on the economic condition of the Russian Jews; and since then he has contributed articles on the same and allied questions to Ha-Zefirah, Ha-Melz, Ruskii Yevrei, Voskhod, and Ulei. Mendlin’s other works, in addition to Ba-Meh, are Mekore ha-Osher (Odessa, 1898), a politico-economic study; and Quellen fun Selbsthilfe (in Yiddish), ib. 1894. In these writings Mendlin points to the mutual aid and cooperative organizations as the most effective means of improving the wretched condition of the Jewish masses in Russia. Mendlin also effected the founding of certain charitable institutions in the Jewish community of Odessa, where he resided.
||כוללת ארבעה מאמרים בשאלת הטבת מצב החמרי של יהודי רוסיא מאת זאב וואלף ב"ר יעקב מענדלין...
התוכן: א. על דבר מצב החומרי של יהודי רוסיא. ב. מה כחנו ומה ישועתנו. ג. ישועתנו ועזרתנו סלה. ד. הלכה למעשה.
ארבעת המאמרים נדפסו תחילה ב"המליץ", 1882 ,1880 ,1879.